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Grief and Loss Support

Avera Child and Adolescent Grief Programs
To learn more call 605-322-4074, 1-888-668-8700, or 1-800-691-4336 24/7 assessment line
For more information, visit the website. https://avera.org/services/behavioral-health/support-services/

Black Hills Area Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Meetings are held every 4th Saturday of every month from 10am - 12pm at the First Congregational UCC Church at 1200 Clark Street in Rapid City. No RSVP is required to attend.

Rapid City Suicide Grief Counseling
An eight-week support group for those who have lost a family member, friend, or colleague to suicide. The group is facilitated by peer members of the L.O.S.S. Team and provides education, support, and other resources specific to suicide grief and loss. This is not an open, ongoing group and is scheduled based on need, so please call to RSVP at 605-348-6692 to attend this group. For more information, please contact Stephanie Schweitzer-Dixon at 605-348-6692 or email office@frontporchcoalition.org

Adult Grief Program
Grief is usually a painful feeling that can affect your entire being - emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. Counselors will offer information about the normal grief process during this program for adults or seniors. Next meeting is Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Pre-registration required. Call 322-4074 or 800-691-4336. Sessions held at Education Classroom G616, Avera Behavioral Health Center, 4400 W. 69th Street.  

Sioux Falls Infant Loss Support Group- Avera
Offers infant loss support for families that have encountered miscarriages, stillbirths or SIDS. Pre-registration required for a 6 week support group on Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm. Series offered 3 times a year at Avera Behavioral Health Education Classroom G610, located at 4400 W 69th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. Call 800-691-4336 or Pam at
pam.koepsell@sanfordhealth.org to register and for more information.
Visit https://nationalshare.org/south-dakota/ for more information.

Sioux Falls Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group- Sanford
Located at Sanford USD Medical Center, 1305 W. 18th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57117. Call
605-328-7140 or Pam at pam.koepsell@sanfordhealth.org for more information.
Visit https://nationalshare.org/south-dakota/ for more information.

National Share Weekly Online Group Chats
The National Share office hosts weekly online group chats that are free of charge to our
families. The online Pregnancy Loss Group (for the loss of baby through miscarriage, still birth
or in the first weeks of life) meets every Tuesday from 7:00pm-9:00pm CST. The 3rd week is
dedicated to Pregnancy After Loss (for those pregnant after a loss or trying to become
pregnant).
To connect to the group meeting, go to our website at: https://nationalshare.org/online-support/
The Share office also maintains an active presence on Facebook, with three support groups and
Share’s National page. The support groups are closed groups to protect privacy and require
approval prior to posting within the page. The National Share page is a public page and posts
current information regarding events, pertinent articles, chapter updates, and videos from
bereaved families.
Share Bereaved Families Peer Support (Closed)
Share Pregnancy After Loss Support (Closed)
Share Español: Esperanza for Spanish Speaking Families (Closed)
Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc. (Public)
To join any of these groups go to: https://www.facebook.com/NationalShare/groups

Infant Loss Support Group-Avera, Sioux Falls Offers a 3 hour session for families who are grieving the death of a child through
miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. This group is offered every 4 months, with the next
being in October 2021 at Avera Behavioral Health Center, 4400 W. 69th St. , Education
Classroom G616. For more information, please contact Mark VandeBraak PhD, MTBC<
FT at 605-322-4074 or through email at mark.vandebraak@avera.org.

Sioux Falls Sad Isn't Bad Grief Support Series
https://www.facebook.com/sadisntbad/

Sioux Falls Area Compassionate Friends
For children and families who have lost a loved one. Support Group meets at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3801 E. 26th Street, Sioux Fall from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month.  For more information, call Kendra at (605) 496-9618 or Kristin at (605) 610-9432. Email: contact@compassionatesf.org.

Compassionate Friends Private Facebook Groups
https://www.compassionatefriends.org/find-support/online-communities/private-facebook-groups/

Surviving After Suicide Support Group-Sioux Falls
The SAS Monthly Support Groups is held the first Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm at the Helpline Center - 1000 N. West Ave, Suite 310. Our SAS meetings are held in an atmosphere that is warm and friendly and nonjudgmental. Anyone who has lost a family member or friend is invited to attend, whether it is a recent loss or many years ago. Feelings shared are kept confidential and discussed only within the confines of the group meeting. Thus, our SAS support groups provide a comfortable, non-threatening setting to share our experiences and thoughts.

Questions are encouraged to help in coping with the different stages of the grieving process and with the feelings that are particularly intense in the aftermath of suicide-denial, shock, disbelief, sadness, anger, guilt and shame. We end our discussion sessions by sharing something positive that has recently taken place or something good you are anticipating.

There is no fee and no registration required.  You are welcome to attend at anytime.

Surviving After Suicide Education/Support Class meets on 10 consecutive
Thursday evenings, several times per year from 7-8:30pm. Pre-registration is required.
Donations are accepted, but not required. An ongoing Support Group meets the 1st
Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm. There is no charge to attend. Contact:Sheri
Nelson; 605-339-4357, sheri@helplinecenter.org
 

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